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Herald afternoon quiz: May 14

Test your brains with the Herald's afternoon quiz. Be sure to check back on nzherald.co.nz for the morning quiz tomorrow. To challenge yourself with more quizzes, CLICK HERE.

 

Auckland driver 'dodged death' but lands car on $120k Lamborghini

An Auckland male driver reportedly "dodged death" when a car came flying towards him from the opposite direction.Instead of crashing into the speeding car, the man's car ended up on top of a $120,000 Lamborghini. Emergency services...

 

Hawke's Bay reality TV stars call for open dialogue after miscarriage

Hawke's Bay reality TV stars Quinn Ryan and Claudia Hoskins have revealed their recent miscarriage in a bid to help those in a similar position feel less alone.Ryan, who fell short in last year's inaugural series of The Bachelorette...

 

Police crack down on motorists using phones in Christchurch

Police stopped 14 motorists for using their phones and seven for not wearing seat belts in just one hour near a Christchurch intersection this morning.The police check point was set up on Lincoln Rd near the intersection with Blenheim...

 

Whanganui mayor aims to bring iwi on to council committees – Māori wards or not

Whanganui mayor Hamish McDouall is looking to make good on his intention to have iwi representation on Whanganui District Council's three main committees.He says the aim is to improve Māori participation in decision-making...

 

Pedestrian seriously injured after fall on road in Napier

A pedestrian has serious injuries after hitting their head while on the road in Napier.Emergency services were called to the incident at the intersection of Hyderabad Rd and Pandora Rd, Pandora, about 1.55pm on Friday.Initial...

 

Lancaster Park site redevelopment progressing

Work to redevelop the former Lancaster Park site is progressing.A site visit was held on Friday to provide an update on the project.Work to partially remove the foundations of the former Paul Kelly and Deans stands that were part...

 

The Government's KiwiSaver moves will apply 'competitive pressure' to funds market

Finance Minister Grant Robertson says the Government's major KiwiSaver shakeup will apply "competitive pressure" to other private fund managers to slash their fees. "I think and I hope that this will lead to a greater level of competition,...

 

Act Party calls for Government to scrap 'unfair' road tax applied to marine fuel

The Act Party wants road taxes slashed from recreational marine fuel, with Auckland boaties forking out 95c in tax per litre the majority to fund road and rail projects.Transport spokesperson Simon Court has launched a petition...

 

Pubs, liquor shops boycott Eagle Brewing over racist Māori Facebook comments

Bars and bottle shops around New Zealand are boycotting a local brewery because of racist comments about Māori made online by its founder and head brewer and a subsequent post by the company saying the comments were "misconstrued".Eagle...

 

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Seth Rogen opens up and other premium stories you may have missed this week

Welcome to the weekend. Settle down with a cuppa and catch up on some of the best content from our premium syndicators this week.Happy reading. 'I do not plan to': Seth Rogen done working with James Franco amid allegations Seth...

 

'Not acceptable': Wuhan scientist hits out at Covid-19 origin claims

The chief scientist for emerging disease at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, "Bat Lady" Dr Shi Zhengli has rejected fresh claims Covid-19 may have escaped from her lab as "sad" and "not acceptable".A group of 18 scientists including...

 

Gaza conflict: Israel escalates attacks, death toll climbs to 116

Israel on Thursday (local time) said it was massing troops along the Gaza frontier and calling up 9,000 reservists ahead of a possible ground invasion of the Hamas-ruled territory, as the two bitter enemies plunged closer to all-out...

 

Serial killers Fred and Rosemary West: How many more victims could there be?

Mary Bastholm was 15 when she disappeared. A part-time waitress at The Pop-In Café in Gloucester, with dark hair and a shy smile, she was last seen at a bus stop on January 6, 1968, off to visit her boyfriend and carrying a plastic...

 

'Extreme' stalking: Man sent more than 500 people to Utah family's house

A Hawaii man who pleaded guilty to cyberstalking a Utah family by sending more than 500 people to their house for unwanted services including food deliveries, plumbers and prostitutes was sentenced Thursday to three years of supervision...

 

Biden administration vows to stand by Australia in China dispute

The Biden administration vowed on Thursday to stand by Australia in its worsening trade and other disputes with China. Secretary of State Antony Blinken told his Australian counterpart that the US "will not leave Australia alone on...

 

Finding Maddie: McCann e-fit shows what kidnapped girl could look like on 18th birthday

Facial recognition technology experts have been able to produce an image of what missing girl Madeleine McCann could look like as her family marks her 18th birthday.Days before her 4th birthday, Maddie went missing from a holiday...

 

Amazing escape: Two planes collide mid-air near Denver, Colorado

Two small airplanes collided in midair Wednesday near Denver, leaving one aircraft nearly ripped in half and forcing the pilot of the other to deploy a parachute attached to the plane to land safely. Remarkably, no one was injured,...

 

Former Myanmar beauty queen joins armed struggle against military regime

A former Myanmar beauty queen has joined the ranks of ethnic insurgents opposing the ruling junta, posting photos of herself on Facebook in a jungle setting with an assault rifle. A military takeover and the ousting of the civilian...

 

Hamas, Israel fighting escalates even amid truce efforts

Hamas sent a heavy barrage of rockets deep into Israel on Thursday as Israel pounded Gaza with more airstrikes and called up 9000 more reservists. The relentless escalation of hostilities came even as Egyptian negotiators held in-person...

 

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Rugby: New Zealand U20s call up for Central Hawke's Bay's Harry Godfrey

An 18-year-old rugby player who now calls Hawke's Bay his home has been handed a call-up to the New Zealand Under-20s squad.Harry Godfrey, who moved to the region just a few months ago, is the only Hawke's Bay player to be selected...

 

Silver Lake counter: Kiwi-owned investment company Forsyth Barr enters battle to buy into New Zealand Rugby

An alternative offer to Silver Lake, valuing New Zealand Rugby at a colossal $3.8 billion, has been tabled by local investment manager Forsyth Barr.The Auckland head-quartered company has conducted due diligence on the prospect...

 

'Shocked': New Zealand Rugby slams players' boss for 'attempt to destroy' $387.5m deal

New Zealand Rugby boss Mark Robinson has hit back at the Players' Association's "attempt to destroy the Silver Lake deal", saying the governing body was not aware of the counteroffer tabled by Kiwi investment manager Forsyth Barr.An...

 

Cricket: Black Caps duo Daryl Mitchell and Glenn Phillips offered first national contracts by New Zealand Cricket

Canterbury all-rounder Daryl Mitchell and Auckland batsman Glenn Phillips have received first-time Black Caps contracts following breakout seasons in the international game.The duo are the newcomers on the list of 20 players to...

 

Kiwi Super Rugby franchises caught in bizarre Bruno Mars hoax

Several Kiwi Super Rugby franchises were reportedly caught up in a bizarre hoax involving pop superstar Bruno Mars, prompting the Crusaders to lay a formal complaint with the police.In the build up to the Super Rugby Aotearoa final,...

 

Sky Super Rugby Transtasman: Damian McKenzie moved to No 10 for Western Force clash as Chiefs begin demanding travel schedule

After a year and a half of not having to travel outside of New Zealand for games, the Chiefs are going to do their best to make up for it over the next few weeks. For the opening three rounds of Super Rugby Transtasman, the Chiefs...

 

Sports Quiz: May 14

Test your sporting knowledge with the Herald Sports Quiz brought to you by Spark Sport. Do you know your Tom Bradys from your Tom Lathams, your White Ferns from your White Sox? Here's your chance to prove your supreme sporting...

 

Sky Super Rugby Transtasman: Blues coach Leon MacDonald misses training ahead of Rebels clash in Melbourne

Leon MacDonald's absence from training on Thursday adds another layer of intrigue to an opening round transtasman match in Melbourne the Blues are heavily favoured to win. In a precautionary move, Blues head coach MacDonald stayed...

 

Rugby: Scott Robertson confirms Crusaders 'would have loved' reunion with Owen Franks

Crusaders coach Scott Robertson has confirmed the club had conversations with former stalwart Owen Franks about a return in red and black before he ultimately signed with the Hurricanes. The 33-year-old prop is set to join the...

 

Auckland Rugby sees promising rise in club team numbers, despite Covid disruption

Auckland Rugby is celebrating a healthy rise in club team numbers, especially at junior level which has enjoyed a 10 per cent growth on 2019 pre-Covid levels.This year there are 69 more junior club teams compared with 2019, with...

 

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Covid-19: Expect long queues when group 4 vaccine rollout begins – provider

Demand for vaccine will be "really substantial and overwhelming for the system" when the general population is able to get a jab, health leader says.

 

Snapper takes some services offline following 'unsuccessful' cyber-attack

Transport card operator takes accounts section offline after investigation, replaces it with online forms.

 

DHB nurses vote to strike over pay, 'horrific and unsafe staffing'

Almost 30,000 nurses have voted to strike on June 9, unhappy with pay and conditions.

 

Eid in Auckland: Thousands celebrate end of Ramadan at Eden Park

Kiwi Muslims pray for loved ones overseas, hit by the pandemic and the Israel-Palestinian conflict. Here, they say, they're "fortunate".

 

Woman dies after incident involving lawnmower at house in Mid-Canterbury

Emergency services were called to the property in Rakaia about 8.30pm on Thursday, where a woman was found dead.

 

Covid-19: 'We'll need to lift our game' - Jacinda Ardern explains reopening the border is up to everyone

As Aotearoa moves away from using the border as a barricade, and towards individual vaccination, everyone will have to play their part, PM says after Dr Bloomfield comments.

 

Covid-19: Casual contact of Melbourne community case tests negative in NZ

The person was displaying symptoms, but was found not to have Covid-19, Ministry of Health says.

 

Borrowed belts, off-duty police thwart $28,000 Wellington jewellery theft

Deputy Commissioner Tania Kura and retired Detective Inspector Dave Archibald were out for a stroll when they heard a commotion.

 

Man arrested after high-speed Auckland car crash following 'erratic' driving

The 35-year-old has been charged with refusing to give a blood specimen and resisting police.

 

Man who admitted attempting to kill his ill wife in apparent suicide pact sentenced

His wife had a severe stroke which incapacitated her, and he couldn't bear to watch her suffer, the court heard.

 

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Mouse plague in Australian town 'back with a vengeance'

A plague of mice is wreaking havoc on farms and schools in a rural community of New South Wales, Australia.

 

US cannabis users splurge on bongs worth over a grand as stigma fades

Merch meant to be proudly displayed and double as decoration and art, rather than paraphernalia that's stashed away when company arrives.

 

Australian girl dies in hospital. Apology 'not good enough' say parents

The family of a seven-year-old girl who died at Perth Children's Hospital has spoken out after a report found she should have received better care.

 

'Amazing': Pilot didn't know his plane was nearly ripped in half

“It’s very rare for me to be able to say ‘midair’ and ‘no fatalities’ in the same sentence."

 

Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Ongoing attack on Gaza Strip

After four days of cross-border rocket attacks and airstrikes the violence continues in Gaza.

 

Where do meteorites come from? We tracked hundreds of fireballs streaking through the sky to find out

ANALYSIS: You might think meteorites come from comets. But you'd be wrong, according to a new study that tracked meteors hurtling through the sky.

 

Gaza hospitals were already struggling with Covid-19. Then the bombs fell

Violence this week has killed 103 Palestinians. Israeli airstrikes have pounded apartments, blown up cars and toppled buildings.

 

There have been 7m-13m excess deaths worldwide during the pandemic

While official figures show there have been over 3 million deaths worldwide due to Covid-19, modelling shows this could be a significant underestimate.

 

Crash, arrest draw more scrutiny of Tesla Autopilot system

US safety regulators are investigating another fatal crash involving a Tesla, just after authorities arrested a man in another Tesla rolling down a freeway with no one behind the steering wheel.

 

Japanese tycoon to warm up for his trip to the Moon by going to the International Space Station

Yusaku Maezawa will be the first person to pay his own way to the International Space Station in more than a decade.

 

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NZ Rugby alleges players association attempting to destroy $387.5m Silver Lake deal

New Zealand Rugby lash back as players say raising private capital through an NZX-listed Initial Public Offer is a highly achievable option.

 

‘Any publicity is good publicity’: Ricky Stuart apologises to angry netballers but can't resist a second swipe

Raiders coach Ricky Stuart has apologised to current and former Super Netball players but couldn't resist another dig.

 

Changing face of NZ poses big challenges for the future of rugby

OPINION: Our national sport is losing ground as the face of our population changes.

 

Black Caps batsman Devon Conway is feline good about his practice against spin

Devon Conway is hoping batting practice among kitty litter will help give him nine lives in New Zealand’s test matches in England.

 

Black Caps contracts: Glenn Phillips, Daryl Mitchell join top-20 for the first time

In a logjam of contenders for the top-20, test spinner drops off the payroll while Watling's retirement creates space.

 

Super Rugby: New Zealand teams could give Aussies taste of bad medicine

OPINION: Spare a thought for the Aussies. They could be in for pummelling during the Trans-Tasman competition.

 

ANZ Premiership: Silver Ferns' star Maia Wilson must lift her shooting percentages

Maia Wilson is the best goal shoot in the country, but her shooting percentages the past two weeks haven't been up to scratch.

 

Furious cyclist hit by rival team's support car during Giro d'Italia

A Belgian rider was furious after a rival team's support car crashed into him on stage six.

 

New Zealand's Premiership netball coaches united against Aus two-point shot

Australia's flagship netball league is sticking with a largely unpopular gimmick, but it seems there's little chance that will happen here.

 

Sir Ben Ainslie's speed record confirmed

SailGP announce British ace hit 94.8kmh in Bermuda. But how does that compare to the America's Cup boats at Auckland?

 

 

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